Google is making Friday before Labor Day weekend a one-time holiday with pay to avoid burnout. This “collective well-being” holiday is for all of the firm’s full-time employees and interns turning this weekend to a four-day vacation.
A message from Google executives posted on an employee internal forum says that they are strongly recommending this time off, and managers must support their teams. The statement also said that if a manager has an urgent task and this will require an employee to work on this ASAP, he must instead take the following working day off.
Google’s message is one way how management would like to show their support to their employees who will work from home until 2021. However, temporary workers or vendors and contractors are not qualified for this extra day off. Their employers would need to come up with that decision. These people are half of the company’s workforce.
Also, some support teams cannot take advantage of this paid day off as they need to take care of their customers’ needs. These groups are also looking for similar ways to help their employees.
The message also mentioned that this long holiday aims to support their employees or “Googlers'” well-being due to the coronavirus pandemic. It adds that employees should take this as a time to do whatever they need.
It was found out that some employees preferred to take a holiday some other day, but Google said that this is not possible. The management said that this holiday is a team effort “as one team to better allow for detachment as a global community.”
But if an employee has previously booked this day as a vacation, he must cancel this request and reschedule to make the most of this holiday.
The coronavirus pandemic is now on its seventh month, and all of Google’s employees are working from home. The tech firm announced that it would keep all its employees home until July next year. In July, Google made news for being the largest company to commit to a very extended remote work timeline due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc., made this decision after meeting with executives that he leads. Also, many tech companies have employees working remotely due to the pandemic since early March and have also expressed their plans to continue remote work indefinitely.